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January 2014 Updates!
January 25th, 2014 - Welcome back, Brunkamaniacs, to the all-new updated 2014 Baronvonbrunk.com! I've completely re-built the site and made things much fancier: the social media navigator has more content, the title bar is updated, the background is changed, and most importantly, the LEGO page has been integrated with the site rather than externally linking to Tumblr! Take a gander and let me know what you think.
In the meantime, here are some general updates - so grease up your eyeballs and plunge into the realm of Brunk. . .
Back in September I finally upgraded to a Samsung Galaxy and joined Instagram at last. I no longer really use Twitter, so be sure to follow me on Instagram to get a ringside seat at all of my work-in-progress photos and occasionally selfies to show off my current facial hair. Also as of now, I'm still currently working as a graphic designer for that sports company in Long Island, but I'm also about to soon get in on the ground floor of yet another new electronics startup in Manhattan - only this time it's the real McCoy, in which I have more faith in the products (to say the least), not like that crappy Tzumi junk I got involved with in 2011. The horror, the horror. But seriously, folks: things have been rather busy up here in my attic workshop in Queens. I spent most of the summer of 2013 working on that badass LEGO Nintendo 64 Transformer, which honestly ate into my personal free time - but I don't regret a thing. Right now I'm focusing on hopefully getting another small gallery to show off my LEGO creations, like the Nintendo World event I had last spring. I know I keep saying this every year, but now that my career is advancing steadily in my favor, I'm honestly hoping to get a totally whizzo loft apartment in TriBeCa within the year - you know, like an entire floor of a warehouse like Tom Hanks did in "Big" - arcade machines and all! That would totally whip a camel's ass with a belt. Party at my place - pants optional. . .
I've been rather reclusive in the recent months due to my passion for creating things alone and eating Chinese food, but I did manage to "get out" (so to speak) a few times and make an attempt at being social in the summer/fall of 2013 - notably, I went to the classic Nickelodeon reunion in the Upper East Side and got an autographed copy of the book "Slimed! An Oral History of Nickelodeon's Golden Age" - and yes, I got to meet several original cast members from the shows we all know so well. . .
Submitted for the approval of the Midnight Society, I bring you: "Baron Meets the Fella Who Played Gary on Are You Afraid of the Dark?"
Who's that bloke? Why it's the original Ferguson from Clarissa Explains it All!
For my annual Yule celebration in December, I moseyed on down to my hometown of Lancaster, PA to spend some time with my good kemosabes at Reel Splatter Productions. Speaking of which, my righteous chap Mike Lombardo recently finished a few new short films - completely polished and unlike any of his previous works - totally shot on quality DSLR cameras and with professional audio editing. That's right, folks: "The Stall", the Lovecraft-inspired apocalypse tale is finally for sale on DVD and available to watch on YouTube! This horrid short film stars another one of my longest known best friends, Skot Shaub of the quirky rock-comedy fusion band Testosteroso, and the soundtrack was composed by my pal Erik O'Blivion and his musical project Audiodrome. Dig it!
Where will YOU be when this bad boy hits the film fest circuit!?
Can you believe Reel Splatter just turned 10 years old? Way back when Lombardo was some 16-year old kid with a camcorder, he started out making violent backyard movies with horrible effects and copyrighted Rob Zombie songs -- but throughout the past ten years, Reel Splatter evolved into a serious film troupe of a higher caliber with professional equipment, especially with film festival notoriety. To celebrate the years we've spent together -- from immature teenagers to career-focused artists, we actually had a mini celebration, complete with custom cookie cake and yes. . . Custom etched wine bottles courtesy of yours truly:
"Putting the laughter back in slaughter" - Thank you for the last ten years of keeping it Reel.
Reel Splatter's releasing a new gruesome comedy short in February -- in which you'll see some familiar faces from our older works, and even a new actor who bears a striking resemblance to me. After that, Mr. Lombardo is going to hit up the film festival circuits throughout the U.S. and Canada to peddle his artistic blood, guts, and tentacles. Speaking of violence (heh, nice segue), right after New Years, I got to fire an AK-47 and an AR-15 at a range in Long Island! And who says assault rifles aren't welcomed here in New York!? Lousy commie pinkoes. 'Murica.
These rifles had some kick (to say the least), so I had about the accuracy of a Stormtrooper or one of the guys from The A-Team - but at least I managed to hit 'em in the gonads a couple of times! For this cardboard thug, his days of playing tug-o-war with Cyclops are over.
Since last fall, I've been working on several jolly good LEGO models and doing some unorthodox techniques like integrating microchips and LEDs in my projects. I've of course tinkered with electronic LEGO creations in the past, but in the recent months, I've been getting more serious and doing several illuminated projects -- a few of which are still in development. Some of the works featured below have been published in Instructables and sometimes entered in contests; below you'll see a bunch of my latest models, which are of course also available in detail on my brand-spanking-new LEGO aggregate page:
Fully-Functional Traffic Signal! Check out the Instructables tutorial and build your own.
Mosaic Super Mario Bros. "Lite Brite" lamp! Like the traffic light, check out the Instructables tutorial and build your own. By the way, this project won a runner-up prize in the Make it Glow contest - so I ended up winning an Arduino Duo and a nifty blacklight!
Mosaic portrait/lamp of my deceased Maine Coon Tiggs!
Prior to these shiny little things, I've done a bunch of other video game related projects and whatnot since last summer. . .
I like big guns and I cannot lie.
The hero of time just got an upgrade.
. . . And many many more! I'm serious.
That's it for now, little Brunksters! Stay out of trouble. And if a crazy man offers you a ride in his car, say NO. Unless he's rich.
- Baron von Brunk
Baron von Brunk specializes with making original LEGO models as a hobby, and creates graphics as a chosen profession. His most popular LEGO creations are often retro video game themed, such as the Super Mario Bros. 3 "Fireflower" airship model and the Game Boy Transformer, both published in Nintendo Power's May 2012 issue.